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Carlos' Bistro
Carlos' Bistro

Carlos' Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Phone: (719) 471-2905
  • Hours of Operation: Winter Hours (September - April) Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm Summer Hours (May - August) Monday - Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Echeandia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Carlos’ Bistro is the perfect location to celebrate any special occasion. From weddings to birthdays and private parties, Carlos’ Bistro has a large dining room or an outdoor patio to accommodate your group.
  • Private Party Contact: Private Dining Coordinator (877) 278-5798

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hw 24
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Carlos' Bistro
In the beginning there has been one word in Carlos’ Bistro, Beautiful. The excellence and the experience of the best in Colorado Springs. Carlos (Owner, Executive Chef, and Matradee) provides a warm and welcoming experience to all of our customers, making everyone feel special at home and relaxed.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "When scouring various websites, looking for a great place to take clients in Colorado Springs, they all seem to be attached to a hotel/resort. When we arrived at this freestanding building outside of town, we were greeted by Carlos, and warmly brought into the restaurant. Wine is half off on Sundays and Mondays, so starting with a bottle of 2007 Dominus, and adding a bottle of Caymus Special Select got things underway. Since we had a table of nine, we ordered four different appetizers (two each), finding the Nachos with Langostino's, Steak Tartar (order if you like capers), and Shrimp Bruschetta to be perfect for sharing and tasting. The calamari was good, but to me, fried food is fried food, so no big deal there. Anyway, go there."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Our dinner was absolutely gorgeous-delightful flavors in every dish. Our server, Tim, is blessed with a great sense of humor and an ability to connect with us. He made our evening memorable."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The ambiance was very comfortable and every staff member we encountered was polite, professional and efficient. The menu selections were plentiful, and the wine selection surprisingly sophisticated (and 50% off on Mondays!!) I had a fantastic bone-in ribeye (peppercorn crusted) with saffron risotto, perfectly prepared. My wife raved about her lobster salad. And our girls (5&7) loved their carbonara pasta, despite being picky eaters - it helped that Carlos came by several times to talk with them and make them feel very special. We ordered several desserts, all of which were excellent. My 5-year old declared the chocolate bread pudding with caramel sauce "the best dessert ever made" and I am inclined to agree with her."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We've never been to a restaurant where the owner came out and greeted us in the parking lot. As we watched from our table, we noticed he would be cleaning things behind the bar while watching for a car to drive into the parking lot. The restaurant is very service oriented and it starts from the top down. When the food came out it was incredible. We ordered a variety of items covering the a large ingredient spread. We tried the Chicken Nachos, Crab Alfredo, and Veil Schnitzel and to our surprise each one was better than the next. Many fine dining places are expensive and portions are small. At Carlo's Bistro, all the portions are average to large in size. If you are going to do fine dining, this is the place to be."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "With a warm welcome from Carlos as we arrived, we enjoyed a belated anniversary dinner together with great food, amazing service from his son Johnny, and a quiet table where we could enjoy each other's company. We were served quickly, the food was a delicious blend of textures and flavors, and the desserts incredible. One of the most enjoyable meals we have had."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Impeccable service Outstanding menu choices Spectacular wine selections Delicious food Special place to celebrate And.....all right here in the Springs!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great food and atmosphere as always! Carlo greets everyone of his guest and make you feel very welcome. Had crab cakes (great) and the scallops (just the right amount of heat). Will be returning!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary here and it provided everything we could have desired. We have already recommended this restaurant to others for their anniversary. The food was good and the service was also: all the way from Carlos meeting us at the car to Marcia thanking us for coming as we departed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We went to Carlos' Bistro with our visiting relatives as one of them was celebrating a birthday. Everything was outstanding: the food was creative and delicious, the service was so professional and friendly and Carlos made a point of visiting every table to personally check that guests were happy."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Carlos stopped by our table to welcome us and explain the menu with great enthusiasm. We were visiting from the DC area and Carlos' Bistro at the recommendation of a friend, and read accolades on-line; we were not disappointed. We arrived in time for the early-bird (before 5:30) menu which was half price for our meals. At full price it would have been very expensive (but worth it); at half price our dinner was a great bargain. When we return to Colorado Springs Carlos will be at the top of our list."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We visited Carlos' Bistro with a group of old friends for a reunion. They have a huge selection on the menu and several daily specials. We all had different items. All were superb. The swordfish was done perfectly, not dry, not fishy. The ceviche was the best my foodie friend has ever had. The pork chops were just right, the lamb chops flavorful and well presented. The steaks again got raves from friends. We have eaten here on several special occasions. Carlos is always the gracious, attentive host. The waitstaff is very accommodating. I am lactose intolerant and they will find a sauce to work with any dish I've ordered. My friend from Houston thought this rivaled or surpassed all the restaurants he has been to on his world travels. Kudos!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Carlos' Bistro is a beautiful dining experience and yet, customers are made to feel relaxed and at home. The food and service are exquisite! The menu has so much to offer, we always have a difficult time deciding and no one in our parties have ever been disappointed. It is truly our favorite Colorado Springs restaurant."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We were greeted in the parking lot by the owner, who personally escorted us inside. Everything on the menu sounded good, with a wealth of options for all palates and budgets. The abalone steak and steak tartar were phenomenal! For entrees we had the lobster fra diablo and the peruvian lomo saltado ribeye, both equally fantastic. For dessert we had the key lime tart (creamy, tangy, and refreshing) and the dark chocolate bread pudding with caramel sauce (sublime - words fail me). The owner continually circulated through the restaurant, and when he saw I was not eating the table bread (I try to avoid gluten), he had the kitchen make me my own batch of gluten-free bread that was incomparable to anything store-bought. A must for any foodie!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The ambiance was exquisite. The staff attended to our every desire. The food was beyond description and melted with every savory bite. If you've never been to this hidden gem, please do, you will be amazed."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our dinner at Carlos' Bistro could not have been better! The food was exquisite and the service impeccable. Our steaks were so tender we could cut them with a fork. Every bite was wonderful!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Carlos meet us when we drove into the parking lot and wished my father a happy birthday. I had mention this when I made my reservation. The evening was wonderful. Our server was very attentive and the food was amazing. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This is the type of family owned business you pray to find in your town! The owner welcomes every guest...the food is amazing!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The experience often begins with Carlos greeting you outside or as soon as you enter depending on the weather. The atmosphere is charming, very comfortable, and up scale. Both the menu and wine list offer diverse and wonderful choices and each night the Bistro offers specials that are not part of the regular fare. Although I prefer bold red wines my wife favors light and sweet. Carlos offers Umberto Fiore Moscato D Asti which we have not found at any other local establishment and we enjoy sharing this wine. Carols and his team insure that you will have a wonderful meal in a warm and inviting atmosphere. With appetizers, dinner, wine, and dessert it is easy to spend $150 - $200. A great treat and very nice for special occasions!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Carlos' Bistro is a fantastic find for dinners, including special occasions. The entire staff makes each dining experience enjoyable. They are extremely welcoming and friendly."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Carlos cordially greeted the four of us at the door and shortly after, was escorted to our table by the hostess. A few minutes later, Tim, our waiter arrived and explained the detailed wine list and various beverages that are available. From there on, Tim took excellent care of us, knowledgeable about the menu and provided personalized service throughout our evening. Carlos followed up several times to ensure all was well. We all enjoyed our dinner."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The menu is very creative and dishes well prepared. I consider it one of the best resturants in CO for food which is well prepared and beautifully presented. However, the cost is outrageous. They would be better served to limit the number of menu choices and focus on fewer items at a lower cost. The wine list, while extensive is also overpriced. Most of the wines are priced at 4 times what you can buy the same wine in a liquor store. Since the resturant is buying at wholesale the mark up is probably 5 to 6 times the wholesale price. There were very few good chardonays below $100 and most were $120 and above. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Carlos' Bistro is our new favorite restaurant! Carlos welcomes each person himself. He and his attentive staff went "above & beyond" to make our dining experience special. This is definitely the place to bring friends, guests or to enjoy "date night"."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "An Outstanding dining experience! Carlos is a passionate and enthusiastic host! A memorable first time dining experience in Colorado Springs!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Having lived in Colorado Springs since 2000 and being an amateur foodie I have always been disappointed with the food scene here. Even the Broadmore is not that good. Carlos' Bistro was simply awesome. The food was perfect. Seriously if you live in Colorado Springs and are tired of driving to Denver for a real dining experience go here. It is pricey, but worth it. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I live near the Chesapeake Bay and am very particular about fish. Carlos's did an outstanding job with all of the fish and seafood dishes we sampled--and we had quite a few. This restaurant would stand out anywhere for impeccably fresh and prepared fish and seafood. To find it in Colorado is simply incredible. The pasta dishes and salads were good, though not up to the level of the seafood. The overall experience was delightful. We found the owners and the staff to be incredibly gracious and welcoming. It's an expensive meal, no doubt, but we felt we got our money's worth. Look forward to returning."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Everything was great about Carlos' Bistro we plan to go back. Food was cooked perfectly and tasted excellent. One of the best steaks in Colorado Springs. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Having dinner at Carlos Bistro is a wonderful sensory experience with the best host in Colorado Springs. Carlos greets and shares the beautiful menu with you. The food does not disappoint, I have eaten at Carlos Bistro each time in have been in Colorado Springs hand have enjoyed every meal - right down to dessert. I have taken my companies CEO, customers, and friends. It is a pleasure with each experience. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We had a large group and Carlos and his staff were Extremely helpful and solicitous! The overall experience was fabulous for each of our party (even the Vegans). The only sad note was the outrageous pricing on bottles of wine. The markup must be 3 to 4 times market rate! Fortunately, the night we were there we were told that it was a half price wine night. That made the pricing high but, tolerable. (Maybe every night is half price night??) Still food and service were outstanding!!!!!!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The food is great. The place is nice. And Carlos is the best!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "It's really nice to try a new place and it be so good!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great food, wine and service! I have eaten here 10 times and have always had a great experience. One of the best restaurants in Colorado Springs. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Thanks to Carlos for making every meal memorable. When ever we want great food and aren't in the mood to be disappointed, this is our venue of choice. Carlos and his staff make every guest feel welcome."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Dined at Carlos' Bistro for the first time and figured all those glowing reviews might be exaggerated. If anything, this restaurant was even better than expected. Carlos greeted us warmly in the parking lot. It was classy and made us immediately feel welcome. The service was first-rate and the food even better - fresh and superbly prepared. We will be back again and again. I grew up in Denver and have lived in Colorado more than four decades. This is one of the very best restaurants in our state. Well worth the money."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The best food, service, atmosphere ever! We feel so welcome when we come here! Carlos and his wife, Marsha make you feel like you're dining at their home! We did the early bird seating between 5-5:30 with lower prices, and everything was still just as superb!!! Truly the best place we've eaten in Colorado!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "A beautiful and cozy restaurant, perfect for special occasion dining. The "early bird dining" menu is extensive and very well done with excellent variety. Our meals were tasty and served as we had requested. Carlos is a gracious host who maintains high standards for his cuisine and wine list. We are happy to have celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary there and plan to return again soon. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "First time at Carlos Bistro and it can only be described as fine dining. With excellent service and a large menu selection it does have something to offer for everyone. Would highly recommend for a great dining experience."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "My first time eating here after being referred by a friend. We well be visiting again soon. Thank you for making our special occasion amazing. Great food amazing service."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "As usual, the service and food were great. The early bird menu at 5:00 PM is a great value"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Our 3rd visit to Carlos' Bistro. Everything was outstanding as it was the first two times. Carlos' is our favorite choice for special occasions. We like the early dining. Smaller portions (which are the perfect size for us) at about half the price. The best fine dining experience in Colorado Springs."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Carlos met us at the door and was very thoughtful about my lose of my wife. I had my children and 2 of our best friends there. The food and service was great. My kids want to come back every year to celibate my anniversary. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014